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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — As part of its ongoing effort to convince Americans of the viability of diesel cars, Volkswagen on Thursday trotted out a 1986 Jetta with more than 562,000 miles on the odometer. The German automaker's U.S. arm declared this Jetta the "highest-mileage Volkswagen diesel in the U.S."

The car is owned by owned by Syl Schmid of Blue Rock, Ohio, who gets a VW Touareg V10 TDI to drive for six months as a prize. VW says fuel and mileage records kept by Schmid show the Jetta "frequently delivered fuel economy over 50 miles per gallon." The car has its original drivetrain and muffler.

Earlier this month, VW recognized a 1977 Rabbit owned by Clint Wilson of Tehachapi, California, as the oldest diesel VW in the U.S. — at least, the oldest entered in the contest.


This was the one that you had to be on the original engine. Someone posted the oldest VW, and that one did not have to be on the original engine.
 
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That was me. Look a few threads down, you will see the oldest VW post. This highest mileage one was the one that I was thinking of.
 

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How are these cars in such good shape?
No idea....the paint looks good, no giant rust holes. VWs of that vintage with that many miles....must have had a repaint sometime in it's life. And if VW is taking his car away for 6 months, I hope they fix some stuff on it at least!
 

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Look how shiny the paint is.

Even with regular waxing, polishing, with 560,000 miles, it is going to fade out somewhere. If you look at the headlights, one is shiny, one is dull, means one was recently replaced.
 
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